Statues and Sculptures, Amsterdam
The statue of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis is located in the Nassauplein. just West of the Haarlemmerpoort.
Nieuwenhuis was a Dutch social politician and an anti-militarist.
He was born on December 31, 146 and died on Novenmber 18, 1919.
The Dutch version of St. Nick is called Sinterklaas.
Each year Sinterklaas arrives by boat at Amsterdam on the third Sunday of November and rides on a white horse into the city via the Damrak street.
At the Dam square the procession halts to great the statue of SINTERCLAES that is mounted at the first floor of the corner building.
After his Birthday at December 5 Sinterklaas departs unnoticed.
This monument is located at the Jodenbreestraat bridge near the Rembrandt house.
Jocaob was called the poet of the Jewish songs. He was born in Smilde, but moved to Amsterdam and worked as a teacher and journalist.
In 1919 he moved to Israel and taught law and was a correpondent for some Amsterdam newspapers. The monument contains the famous lines about is home sickness for Amstedam:
Die te Amsterdam vaak zei 'Jeruzalem'
En naar Jeruzalem gedreven kwam
Hij zegt met een mijmrende stem: 'Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
In 1924, just before he would return the Netherlands, he was killed.; probably by Zionists as a reaction to his ultra ortodox sympathies. This was the first political murder in Palestina.
The most remarkable, uglyiest and and eye catching monument is located at the Jodenbreestraat.
Its official name is "Grenspaal" and it was made by Hans ’t Mannetje in 1986.
The monument is also known as the "Zuildragende schildpad" (Pillar carrying turtle) or the Monument of Jacob Israël de Haan.
It is located on the spot where a planned highway ends. The plans for the highway changed after much debate.
The monument has three text areas with the following Dutch writings:
"Tot hier verdween het oude stadspatroon
van hier begon de stadsvernieuwing in deze buurt
ter herinnering werd dit gedenkteken opgericht."
"Die te Amsterdam vaak zei: 'Jeruzalem'
en naar Jeruzalem gedreven kwam,
Hij zegt met mijmerende stem
"De tijd kruipt met het bouwwerk heen, van hier, vandaar rest soms een steen."
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (PC Hooft in short) was a Dutch writer and historian.
He lived from 1581 to 1647. He lived for 40 years at the Muiderslot castle, just East of Amsterdam.
His statue is located at a small square at the Stadhouderskade at the North side of the posh Amsterdam shopping street named after him%L8.
The sculpture is made by Frits Sieger and revealed in 1947, 300 years after Hooft died.
The statue of the Dutch writer Arthur van Schendel is located at the Leidsebosje, a small park across the canal SW of the Leidseplein square.
Arthur François Emile van Schendel was born at Batavia (Jakarta) at March 5,1874 and died at Amsterdam on September 11, 1946.
After his early year in Indonesia, where his father was a Lutenant-Colonel in the Dutch army, he followed the school of arts at Amsterdam. For a time he teached in the UK and later went to Italy.
His son was the general manager of the Rijksmuseum.
The statue was made by Jobs Wertheim.
The Herman Heijermans statue is located in the Leidsebosje, a small park just South of the Leidseplein square. It's mad by sculptor Joseph Mendes da Costa in 1929.
Herman Heijermans was a writer of plays and small stories.
The first statue was placed in the Vondelpark, but was the subject of much debate and vandalism. In 1934 the statue was badly damaged and a second statue had to be made. This one was placed at the Leidsebosje in 1935, but was removed in 1940, again due to vandalism.
After WWII two efforts were necessary to repair the statue and since 1964 it returned to the Leidsebosje.
Majoor Bosshardt was a well known Salvation Army worker. Born as Alida Margaretha Bosshardt at Utrecht in 1913, she did a lot for the Amsterdam prostitutes at the Red Light District.
No wonder a bench with her statue can be found opposite the local Salvation Army Goodwill center at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 14, the house where she has lived untill her dead in 2007.
A second statue of her can be found inside Hotel Krasnapolsky at the Dam square at the entrance of the Winter Garden.
Since March 31, 2007 the Belle statue is part of the Oudekerksplein.
Belle is an ode to all prostitutes of the world.
Favorite thing: In the Oosterpark there's a statue called "De Titaantjes" after a title of a 1918 book by writer Nescio aka Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh (June 22, 1882 till July 25, 1961).
This monument is located at the Frederiksplein.
I have to return, because I cannot find any info about it.
The statue of former Dutch Queen Wilhelmina on a horse is located at the Rokin.
It's sculped by Theresia van der Pant.
Favorite thing: At the Noordermarkt, corner Prinsengracht there is a sculpture of Woutertje Pieterse and Femke made in 1971 by sculpture Frits Sieger. It's a scene from a book by Multatuli.